Jason Momoa is all over the pop culture landscape currently. His rippling muscles and charming demeanor have led to many an opportunity in this comic book and fantasy-saturated scene.
Currently the former Khal of the great grass sea is finishing up his role as Arthur Curry in this December’s Aquaman. He’s a big piece of Warner Bros. plan for the DC Universe. If things had gone a little differently, however, he could have already been placed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a recent interview with EW, Momoa revealed that he auditioned for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014.
“I met the Russo brothers (who directed Marvel’s Captain America: Civil Warand Infinity War), who are amazing,” Momoa said. “It was one of the best meetings I’ve ever had. I was going to do something with them, which unfortunately didn’t work out. I don’t know. It was going to be a villain, I think. People always want to hire me to play a villain, you know? I did an audition for Guardians of the Galaxy, which was super cool. I got to audition with (Chris Pratt), who’s just a legend and a gentleman. That didn’t work out. And then really the other one after that was my audition for Batman with Zack.”
So not only did Momoa audition for Guardians but also some other unnamed Russo Marvel movies and Batman as well. One season on Game of Thrones really opens up a lot of doors.
The most intriguing bit here is Guardians of the Galaxy because it seems like the most plausible. Momoa was clearly auditioning for the role of Gamora. Just kidding, it was clearly Drax the Destroyer which was actually reported at the time.
Momoa would have been an excellent fit for the muscle-bound, comedic Drax but then again Momoa is likely an excellent fit for most things. We’ll never know just how close we were to an alternate universe in which Khal Drogo was in the MCU. Maybe the ripple effects would have taken Dave Bautista all the way to Atlantis.